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Lexus RX 330 Maintenance and Repair



  • btill1btill1 Posts: 69
    My wifes 04 RX had this same problem I would bet your rotors are warped.
  • gardencar1gardencar1 Posts: 8
    Thanks west, hyiu and btill1. I will call my Lexus technician and post how this issue is resolved.
  • emart4emart4 Posts: 1
    I had to replace tires at 20,500 miles , sure was disappointed, good ride, but not that good. My tires were Goodyear also. Anyone know what to do? Lexus 04, RX330.
  • fulflapsfulflaps Posts: 3
    I get the bright lights back at me all of the time.Mainly when I am in the left turn lane and the other car is in the oncoming left turn lane.They think my brights are on untill I flash my brights back at them.
    Thats why they call them high intensity.
  • fulflapsfulflaps Posts: 3
    Just went through the same thing.The Goodyears are composed of softer rubber(grips better on dry surfaces) which tends to wear quicker.Some wear is also based on your driving habbits as well as the road surface material such as the rough coral rock roads here in Florida.
    I did extensive research and ended up putting on Michelin
    energy MXV4s8 and have noticed a far more superior ride.
    They are also less expensive than Goodyear.

    Good Luck
  • fulflapsfulflaps Posts: 3
    I had the same problem but instead of doing the TSB I experimented and found out that if you press the pedal farther and quicker the downshift response time is quiker.
  • This is a known problem and there is a "BULLETIN" on it. Call the dealer, you need the roters, brake pads and calipers replaced!!!

  • Does anyone have any ideas about tires that are a good replacement for the RX? Everyone says there are no tires that will get more than 35k miles on them for this car!
    Please help!
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    When I removed my original cross terrains from my 2001 AWD at ~40,000 miles they still had 50% wear left. Installed Bridgestone Turanzas, summer only, for comfort and quietness.
  • jfzjfz Posts: 45
    I have gotten much more mileage out of my tires and gas tank by increasing the tire pressure by 4-6 psi over the car manufacturer's pressure--but not exceeding the tire manufacturer's posted max pressure. Because the tires are belted, I have never seen center wear patterns caused by over inflation. Shoulder wear is minimized and handling is crisper. Another bonus is that RWD E320 and LS430 handle better in strong crosswinds.
  • md52md52 Posts: 20
    Hey Nancy... you (or anyone!) know the specific Bulletin number regarding the warped rotor replacement?? I am asking because I had the same problem and my dealer told me that there was no "campaign" for this problem so he resurfaced the rotors and left my original calipers and pads on the vehicle. If there is a bulletin I will go back and get it done the right way.

    Thanks for your post..
  • my3rdrxmy3rdrx Posts: 167
    This maybe the one:


    MFG Bulletin Date: 20040618



    Date added to datbase: 20040729
  • md52md52 Posts: 20
    Hey my3rdrx

    Thanks for the quick post...I tried searching the NHTSA site with the Bulletin number 00404 but a message came back that no Bulletin matched the number. From the date (200406 which looks like 20April06) it looks pretty recent and the NHTSA TSB site doesnt list this fix.

    If you have any additional info it would be greatly appreciated...I want to go back with a specific Bulletin/TSB printed-out otherwise they will just deny that a fix exists..thnks again..
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,937
    I don't know what the numbers mean but I found the TSB summary in the Edmunds Maintenance Guide (currently number 24 in our list).

    We just have summary info but it gives this number (here's the direct link but it may not work?):

    NHTSA ITEM NUMBER - 10008391

    Full text is sometimes available at the NHTSA site or you can buy it at Or ask your service writer for a copy.

    Steve, Host
  • md52md52 Posts: 20

    ..thanks; I didnt realize that the 00404 number was the actual TSB number. I found it; I was surprized that it was from so long ago (June04). There isnt much of a description, though it does mention brakes/vibration

    I'll ask my service rep to print-out the TSB and we'll see how it goes from there.

    This is a great site...
  • lovemyrxlovemyrx Posts: 1
    I am on my second RX and every time I take my car to Thompson Lexus in Doylestown, PA I am given a loaner car. My car was recently up there for inspection and they noticed a problem with the radiator which was covered under warranty. I was told to keep the loaner car until they obtained the necessary parts and they would contact me when the work was completed. I don't know what Lexus dealer you are going to but I cannot say enough good things about this dealership-they are the best! My car also comes back to me washed when I pick it up. If I wanted to they would also pick my car up and deliver it for my home or office-hope this helps!!
  • sxn179sxn179 Posts: 1
    I don't know why the dealer told you that. I have a 2005 RX330 leased through Prestige Lexus in NJ and have never had a problem with getting a loaner. Actually the complete opposite. I live about 40 miles from the dealership (its the closest!!) and they're great at understanding my distance and work with me to make it convenient for me and within reason.

    Of course, its not like service is cheap that they aren't making up the cost, but I have not been denied it yet.
  • blov8rblov8r Posts: 567
    Another bonus is that RWD E320 and LS430 handle better in strong crosswinds.

    I'm curious ... does the RX330 have some high speed stability problems? I have a GX470 that's awful at high speeds ... any breeze at all > 70 mph and I'm constantly fighting for stability. My old Grand Cherokee was MUCH more stable. Bart :mad:
  • sltpigsflysltpigsfly Posts: 16
    I have an RX330 with 30,000 miles. At about 10,000 miles the car developed a metallic clunking noise from the area behind the brake and accelerator pedals. After many trips to the dealer, I finally was able to replicate the noise. Lexus had its engineer look at the car and they have advised me that this is a "normal" noise due to heat expansion and cannot be fixed. Neither my previous RX nor any of the service RXes I've driven have had this problem. It gets worse when warm and clunks repeatedly and annoyingly when driving or when stopped, anytime the pedals are being pushed. Am I getting the straight story? Can this problem be fixed?
  • corlt1corlt1 Posts: 29
    I have a 2004 RX330 with AWD. The loaners that we get are the FWD models and I have noticed that the stability on the highway, especially in strong cross winds is not as good as the heavier AWD models. My dealer (Lexus of Kendall, FL.) always has a loaner ready, but you have to make an appointment for regular service, as they need to keep on hand loaners for unexpected service.

    The dealer has replaced my front rotors (under waranty)for the steering wheel shimmy and recently replaced my radiator under and extended the waranty for the raditor to around 90k miles. There was nothing wrong with the radiator, but the dealer said that some could be questionable in the future, so why not replace it now.

    My brakes recently had that metallic clunk coming from the floor near the pedals and I also noticed that the pedal was slightly lower on the 1st pump and got higher on the 2nd press of the brakes. The dealer bleed the air from the brakes and BOTH problems disappeared. Hope this helps.
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